AURORA | The Grandview football team’s mastery of the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs continued Friday night.
Coach John Schultz’s Wolves, the top seed in Region B, won their 11th straight postseason opener with a 49-6 handling of No. 8 Prairie View on a frigid night at Legacy Stadium made shorter by the running clock mercy rule.
Grandview (8-2) will be at home again in round two, as it will play host to fourth-seeded Mountain Vista, a 19-14 winner over No. 5 Denver East.
In beating the ThunderHawks in the opening round of the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, the Wolves cruised behind an efficient and explosive performance from junior running back Hayden Blubaugh, the state’s leading rusher who racked up 141 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries.
Blubaugh’s 27 yard run early in the second quarter — which followed touchdown jaunts of 2, 20 and 33 yards in the opening quarter — invoked the running clock mercy rule with a 40-point margin.
Efficient in his own right was junior quarterback Gunnar Lamphere, who completed three of his five passes for 73 yards and touchdowns to junior Micah Chavez and senior Marcus Lawrence. Sophomore Kyle Smith capped the scoring with a 10 yard run in the fourth quarter followed by Tyler Ross’ 2-point conversion.
Senior linebacker DeAndre Shorts had two sacks on defense for the Wolves, who also forced two turnovers.
Prairie View — which got a 17-yard touchdown run by Isaac Campbell in the third quarter — dropped to 0-3 all-time in the postseason and finished the season 4-6.
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(1) GRANDVIEW 49, (8) PRAIRIE VIEW 6
Score by quarters:
Prairie View 0 0 6 0 — 6
Grandview 28 13 0 8 — 49
Grandview — Hayden Blubaugh 2 yard run (Ben Genovese kick), 8:27
Grandview — Blubaugh 20 yard run (Genovese kick), 6:13
Grandview — Marcus Lawrence 46 yard pass from Gunnar Lamphere (Genovese kick), 3:55
Grandview — Blubaugh 33 yard run (Genovese kick), 0:00
Grandview — Micah Chavez 15 yard pass from Lamphere (Genovese kick), 11:42
Grandview — Blubaugh 27 yard run (kick failed), 8:30
Prairie View — Isaac Campbell 17 yard run (kick failed), running clock
Grandview — Kyle Smith 10 yard run (Tyler Ross run), running clock
Prairie View: Isaac Campbell 7-54, Jovan Chavarria 6-19, Ray Chappell 1-16, Dallas Marston 1-9, Donovan Otero 3-6, Kierre Huey 4-4, Benjamin Meraz 6-(minus 15)
Grandview: Hayden Blubaugh 8-141, Kyle Smith 2-30, Jevon Reed-Harris 7-27, Tyler Ross 4-21, DeAndre Shorts 3-21, Gunnar Lamphere 1-15
Prairie View: Meraz 0-3; Huey 1-1, 15 yards
Grandview: Lamphere 3-5, 73 yards, 2 touchdowns
Prairie View: Meraz 1-15
Grandview: Marcus Lawrence 1-46, Micah Chavez 1-15, Dom Chapa 1-12